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[80 years ago today] "• The P-40B (Tomahawk II) enters combat with the Soviet 126th Fighter Aviation Regiment.

 

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Soviet P-40 in 1942 "

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[80 years ago today] "• Soviet troops of 51st Army, 9th Independent Army and Separate Coastal Army holding the pocket at Odessa break contact with the Romanian troops surrounding the city and head to troop transports. This is the 72nd day of the siege, a far longer period of time than anyone expected.

 

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Romanian troops entering Odessa October 1941


- Having successfully evacuated 86,000 troops so far, the Soviets bring off another 35,000 men from Odessa. Casulaties are between 40,000 and 60,000. Romanian losses are 17,729 dead, 63,345 wounded, and 11,471 missing.

 

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Forţele Aeriene Române Heinkel operating in Bessarabia 1941


• With Romanian war aims achieved, expanded to take Odessa at German request, Romania will demobilize more than a third of the army in order to prevent collapse of the economy. Romania will develop its new 44,000 square kilometer Transnistria Governorate which has a population of 2.3 million, beginning a process of Romanization and deportation or killing of Jews and Romani people. 34,000 Jews will be killed in Odessa alone before the end of the month."

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[80 years ago today] "• XXXVIII and XXXIX Panzerkorps attack on the Volkhov Front, targeting the junction of Fourth and Fifty-second Armies.

• Soviet resistance ends in the Vyazma pocket, with 650,000 prisoners taken and 1,200 tanks plus 5,400 artillery pieces captured. One Sergeant who had been wounded and evacuated becomes obsessed with designing better weapons than the old rifles and short ranged submachine guns the men are using. Mikhail Kalashnikov will begin working on designs while recovering.

 

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Red Army soldiers captured at Vyazma

 

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"Kalashnikov and Eugene Stoner hold the rifles they designed, taken May 1990"

"• 4,500 Jews are killed in Lubny, Ukraine.

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Jewish people awaiting their murder at Lubny Ukraine 16 October 1941"

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